3.000 britiske muslimer har fått opplæring i Al Qaida-leire i Afghanistan. Det er så mange av dem at de ikke trenger noen hjelp utenfra til å gjennomføre terror.

Politiet har forpurret åtte større angrep mot sivile mål de siste fem årene, og alle ble planlagt av ulike grupper. Det er kanskje det mest bekymringsfulle

Det sier den tidligere lederen av Metropolitan Police, Lord Stevens, til Sunday Times.

Lord Stevens, the former Metropolitan police chief, revealed separately last night that up to 3,000 British-born or British-based people had passed through Osama Bin Laden’s training camps.
Stevens said last night at least eight attacks aimed at civilian targets on the British 2_kommentarland had been foiled in the past five years and that none had been planned by the same gang.

The former Scotland Yard chief, who retired earlier this year, said that on one weekend more than 1,000 undercover officers had been deployed, monitoring a group of suspected terrorists.

He said that he believed last week’s attackers were almost certainly British-born, «brought up here and totally aware of British life and values».

«There’s a sufficient number of people in this country willing to be Islamic terrorists that they don’t have to be drafted in from abroad,» he said.

Dette tyder på at politiet har kjent til problemet med «disaffected young muslims» ganske lenge.

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I en kommentar i News of the World forteller han om hvordan personer de skygget plutselig forsvant, og aldri dukket opp igjen.

Stevens minner også om at de som sto bak London-bombene må ha hatt et apparat rundt seg. De kan ikke ha operert i et vakuum. Det snakkes om 24 mann på bakken, og altså flere titalls hjelpere.

Sometimes, for no apparent reason, someone believed to be planning an attack would simply disappear from the scene.

«Why? Where did they go? What happened? We might never find out. It could be incredibly draining,» he wrote in a column in the News of the World.

«It’s important to realise that there are not just the four terrorists who planted the bombs in this cell. There will be a support network of some sort behind them. They will have helped house and conceal the bombers, covered their tracks, helped in the manufacturing of the devices and in the repeated reconnaissance of the targets.»

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